With Britain slowly emerging from lockdown measures, the silver lining after three months of upheaval may be that holidays are permitted. With the Government due to announce terms to permit Britons to travel without needing to quarantine, a summer break may be just around the corner. However, travellers should be aware destinations may have strict measures in place.
These include temperature checks upon arrival, social distancing at hotels and wearing face masks in public places.
Airports and planes will also have similar measures in place for travellers, with face masks to be worn by both crew and staff onboard.
Despite the changes, many Brits are eager to get away and experience the sun after more than 100 days in lockdown.
But could those changes extend to a so-called ‘Covid tax’ in Spain?
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According to reports, some UK holidaymakers currently in Spain have found themselves paying extra to sit at bars and have drinks in the country.
The Sun reports some bars in Spain are charging a “servicio Covid”.
This can be up to €1 (90p) per table and sometimes an extra €1 per drink.
Spain covid tax: Some in Spain have reported paying extra for tables and pints
The cost of food at the same bars is said to be staying the same, however.
In other changes, bars could also close from 10pm over the next few months too.
Customers have been seen complaining on social media, but bar owners have said the costs have increased due to the amount of PPE – Personal Protection Equipment – needed for staff.
This includes gloves, masks and extra cleaning products as holiday hotspots reopen for tourists.
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Some bars have also upped their entrance fees, and the price surge has led to some Brits paying up to €5 (£4.51) a pint.
The paper also reported a consumer rights group has claimed the extra charge is against the law.
The news comes as UK tourists could be given the go-ahead for quarantine-free travel to up to 90 countries.
The Foreign Office is expected to lift its ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU countries as well as British territories such as Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Australia and New Zealand.
Spain covid tax: This is said to be up to €1 on tables and drinks
There has been mounting pressure from airlines and holiday providers after the would-be airbridge announcement has faced delays.
Currently, the advice is against all but essential travel, but with the Government eager to re-start the economy this will soon change.
However, travellers will be at the mercy of the rules in place in the countries they visit.
These include measures like beaches closing when they get too full, curfews for bars and social distancing guidelines
King Felipe and Queen Letizia, of Spain, have said their country is open for business and called on tourists to visit the Costas and Canaries.
After walking along a beach in Gran Canaria, King Felipe said: “We have been able to stroll by the sea and show Spain is in a new phase and we’re tackling the recovery.
“The message we want to send to people is one of encouragement, that visitors have to come, from the mainland, from Europe, from wherever is necessary. We have to lift our spirits.”
Spain and Portugal’s prime ministers also on Wednesday officially reopened their joint border to all travellers after a three-month closure.